WNBA has grown in a number of ways overs the past ten years, but perhaps no change
has been bigger or had a more pervasive impact than free agency and blockbuster
trades. Players changing teams during the offseason has become the norm, turning
lottery teams into instant contenders. It also means greater financial windfalls
for some players, but unemployment for others.
Is What You Think...
The Biggest Moves of 2006:
my opinion the biggest and most significant signing this year would be San Antonio
signing Vickie Johnson. She will be very much missed by her NY fans. I believe
she happens to be one of the most underated players in the league."
"I think the trading of
Nikki teasley and Tamecka Dixon from the Lasparks.Now that the sparks traded those
two key players, I really think they are going to suffer. There's no way that
I would've traded those two. Houston has alot of key players this year. If they
stay healthy this year, I think Houston will go all the way in 2006."
The Indiana Fever were very
active in the free agency market, and trading block. Signing Charlotte Smith-Taylor,
Tamika Whitmore, and Olimpia Scott-Richardson was huge because they needed more
post presence, especially after Natalie Williams left.
"No doubt the biggest offseason
trade was the Teasley for Johnson trade. Nikki Teasley's addition to the Mystics
will make them more uptempo and more exciting to watch. With Temeka Johnson going
to L.A. she will make Chamique and Lisa better while making L.A. a more organized
team. In the Trade the Sparks also got a higher draft pick in Lisa Willis, and
a great role player in Murriel Page. This trade makes the Sparks a Championship
-Jaime, Los Angeles, CA
got an enormous boost by acquiring Anna DeForge. Paired with Tamika Catchings,
Indiana could be a contender. On the flip side, Phoenix didn't do too bad themselves
acquiring Kelly Miller in that same deal. She is quick, can score and is a perfect
fit for 'paul ball'.
-Carol, Phoenix, AZ
I think the biggest moves were those taken by the Connecticut Sun, they resigned
some great players and brought in Erin Phillips, Donna Loffhagan and Megan Mahoney
is back from injury.
-M.J., Belfast, Northern Ireland
Riley, Detroit Shock
"I think it's exciting for our league.
It's exciting for players to have the opportunity to find the right fit and for
teams to have the opportunity to make a bid and to build their team and to mold
their team. It will be fun to see players you've seen on the same team since they've
been in the league are now able to move and change and I think it's a good thing."
Whalen, Connecticut Sun
"With the trades obviously we made a
trade last year to get Margo, and so I think it's just expanding the league, helping
the league, getting players in different situations, so overall it will be good
for the league."
Catchings, Indiana Fever
"I think that's cool, just looking
at the changes that have been made and the player movements that have been made
already. It's cool to be able to see players take advantage of it. Some places,
the players have been locked in, and its like ok, I just need a new start, and
to be able to go somewhere and hopefully have that extra energy, or motivation
to do better and become a better player. And I think that overall will help the
Hammon, New York Liberty
"I think it's great. I think it gives
the players a little bit more flexibility, it allows teams and players to pick
what systems are going to fit them correctly, it just gives the player a little
more say, and of course being a player I like that. I think its part of the evolvement
of the game; this is a business as much as we love playing it. I think its good
that the business model is crossing over to the WNBA from the NBA, but we're still
in our learning years, we're still green in that market area, we're still evolving."
Lyttle, Houston Comets
"I don't know anything about free agency
really because I haven't been in that position, so I can't comment on that."
Miller, Washington Mystics
"I think it's a very good thing,
it makes the league very competitive, teams are changing because of the free agency,
and a lot of players have moved around a lot, so I think the teams, like New York
they lost Vickie and Crystal, are going to be a lot different than in the past."
Ivey, free agent
"I think its great. It's something new. I think
it gets a lot of players the opportunity to start fresh, on a different team that
maybe complements their skills, so for the organization and the player it's a